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General Surgery Residency

Program Director and Administration


Mark Nehler, MD

Mark R. Nehler, MD

Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Surgery

Clinical Interests: Limb salvage surgery, clinical trial design, resident education and mentoring, upper extremity ischemia, advanced aortic surgery including hybrid cases, advanced dialysis access, and healthcare economics.

Hobbies/Interests: Reefkeeping, history, cooking and wine, college and professional sports, and globalization.

Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University

Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University

Fellowships Oregon Health Sciences University

Board Certification: Vascular Surgery


Thomas Robinson, MD

Thomas N. Robinson, MD

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division
Chief of Surgery, Denver VA Medical Center

Clinical Interests: Videoscopic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery

Hobbies/Interests: Running, skiing

Medical School: Columbia University

Residency: University of Colorado Denver

Fellowships: University of California, San Francisco

Board Certification: Surgery


Kshama R. Jaiswal, MD

Kshama R. Jaiswal, MD, FACS

Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Breast Surgical Oncologist

Clinical Interests: Breast Cancer, Oncoplastic Surgery

Research Interests: Health Services Research in underserved breast cancer population; time to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in safety-net hospital; USPSTF 2009 mammography recommendations and stage migration; patient-centered outcomes in breast cancer in the underserved population.

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern

Residency: Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern

Fellowships: Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, National Cancer Institute;Breast Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certification: General Surgery

Other Interests: Family (2 kids), yoga, fiction literature, chess


Christopher Raeburn, MD

Christopher Raeburn, MD

Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Associate Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division

Clinical Interests: Endocrine surgery, general and laparoscopic surgery

Research InterestsThyroid cancer and adrenal neoplasms

Hobbies/Interests: My family, the outdoors, “indie” music, and jujitsu

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Colorado Denver

Fellowships: Endocrine Surgery, UCD Board Certification General Surgery


Jennifer Bruny, MD

Jennifer Bruny, MD

Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Associate Professor of Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Endosurgery, general Pediatric Surgery

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Colorado Denver

Fellowships: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado; Board Certification, General & Pediatric Surgery


Daniel Valentino, MD

Daniel Valentino, MD

Assistant Program Director at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs

Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division

Clinical Interests: Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Hobbies/Interests: Gourmet Cooking, Notre Dame Football

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Residency: Surgery Residency, Rush University/Cook County Hospital

Board Certification: Surgery, Surgical Critical Care


Paul Montero, MD

Paul Montero, MD

Director of Simulation, General Surgery Residency

Assistant Professor of Surgery, GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Division

Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, general surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction/hernia repair

Hobbies/Interests: Bass Guitar, Live Music, Snowboarding

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Residency: University of Colorado Denver

Fellowships: Minimally Invasive Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center

Board Certification: Surgery


Claire Travis

Claire E.M. Travis, MA MBA, C-TAGME

Education Manager, Department of Surgery

Hobbies/Interests: Choral music, reading, marathon running, volunteering to make a change

Graduate School: Clark University, MBA, Healthcare Administration; Ohio State University, MA, Education

Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College

Certification: Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Training Administrator in Graduate Medical Education (C-TAGME)

Phone: 303-724-2685

Email: Claire.Travis@UCDenver.edu


Erin Oglesby

Erin Oglesby, BA

General Surgery Residency Program Coordinator

Hobbies/Interests:: Hiking, volunteering with animal rescues, reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants

Undergraduate: Georgetown University

Phone: 303-724-2680

Email: Erin.Oglesby@UCDenver.edu​


Barbara Caufield

Barbara Caufield, BS

Residency Database Administrator, Department of Surgery

Hobbies/Interests: Running with my dog, reading, live music, camping

Undergraduate: SUNY Brockport

Phone: 303-724-2683

Email: Barbara.Caufield@UCDenver.edu



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University of Colorado Surgical Residency Program
12631 E. 17th Ave., MS C302, Aurora, CO 80045


Surgery Residency Staff with Dr. Nehler and Dr. Richard Schulick, Chair, Department of Surgery